MemberJanuary 19, 2022 at 12:12 am
This is one of the meanest of the non-motor symptoms of PD!
My record is about 14 days as well and by then I’m a bit unnerved as I expect myself to explode!
I find though eating fruit such as apples, tangerines, pears, and grapes help the plumbing do what it’s supposed to do. To vary my diet a bit, I’ll throw in some trail-mix as well. I don’t like a lot of salt or sugar, so I get the plain kind with mixed nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, and other dried fruit. The results are fairly consistent for me, and it tastes good as well.
MemberJanuary 19, 2022 at 9:35 am
Hi John. Please try 2 stool softeners each day, large green salad with an olive oil dressing and glycerin suppositories. A triple threat that keeps things moving along. Keep in your daily routine. Never go more than 5 days without a BMU. Don’t want to wind up in the ER.
MemberAugust 18, 2022 at 11:13 am
I have found that large doses of vitamin C powder along with inulin to work although overdoing them can cause too many BMs.
MemberAugust 18, 2022 at 2:12 pm
3 double portions of Konsul during the day with lots of water. Glass of prune juice at bedtime, 2 glasses of water when I wake up. Magnesium every day. The only problem is I have to go several times all morning, but not constipated.
MemberFebruary 28, 2023 at 8:02 pm
Constipation used to be a huge problem…yes, I said used to be. Here’s my solution: every morning (almost, rarely miss a day) before I eat or drink anything else, I do a salt water flush, very effective, BUT, and this is important too, I use Costco Kirkland brand Psyllium Fiber every night. This combination has made constipation a thing of the past for me, and I’m very thankful for that.
Do a search for Yogacharya J. Oliver Black, and then click on Salt Water Cocktail in the top menu (no, you don’t have to meditate to do this)….another remarkable benefit from doing ‘the salt water’ daily, is it helps tremendously in preventing colds, etc. Try to drink the salt water cocktail in 5 minutes or less.
God Bless, hope this helps.
MemberMarch 2, 2023 at 3:25 pm
Its amazing how many different things for Constipation help so many people. It’s great that so many things do help. My husband is 60 and has had constipation issues for 15 years now, he was diagnosed when he was 38.
What works perfectly like a clock for him now, every 3 days he gets total movement and emptying is the following:
Exercises every day, and drinks a lot of water throughout the day
He ats a lot of fruit, from Prunes to apricots, berries, bananas, apples, pawpaw) But we have found on testing, that when he stops these, it doesn’t change anything.
Takes Colace Regular strength stool softener – 2 capsules per day (morn and evening)
Fruit tea with Senna Leaf – 1 Tablespoon of leaves (has to be leaves as they are pure and organic and stronger than buying just tea bags that do not have the strength) and he drinks that in the afternoon and nighttime before bed.
It works like clockwork. We have found on testing – that it’s the Senna leaf that is keeping him regular. All the additional things are mainly helpful and healthy, but the Senna leaf is the absolute necessity for him.
Hope that helps if someone needs something different to try.
MemberApril 12, 2023 at 10:47 am
Thank you all this wonderful information. I have to find ways to help my 85 year old mother who was diagnosed with a form of Parkinsonism. We are having an issue with the constipation, and this info gives me ideas on how to do that. She lives with me and I’m her caretaker.
MemberAugust 31, 2023 at 1:30 pm
Given that constipation is significanty non-motor, it might be a good idea to try stimulation in the rectum either with a well-placed finger and/or with a well-placed vibrator. I regularly use a digit when stool softener doesn’t work but haven’t tried a dildo/vibrator. I noticed a reference in a Chinese journal to a vibrator and it seemed to work.
Alternatively. clinical electro stimulation might be worth a try. Feedback invited.
MemberSeptember 1, 2023 at 10:50 am
My husband has suffered with horrible constipation for 12 years since his PD diagnosis. Tried stool softener, fiber additives, lots of fluids, still only 1 sometimes 2 movements a week with a lot of pain which resulted in developing bi-lateral hernias from straining. We’ve finally found a good formula for him:
He takes a prescription of Trulance ( used mainly for IBS), prune juice, applesauce, V8 juice and lots of water everyday and now goes almost every other day with less discomfort and straining.
MemberSeptember 1, 2023 at 11:42 am
I had constipation briefly a few months ago. My personal trainer gave me an old home remedy his mom used: WARM apple juice before going to sleep, and upon waking the next morning. That itself seem to help a lot. But I think what’s worked even better was when I went on a popcorn binge. I love kettle corn, and I eat at least one bag per day that I microwave, sometimes two. I use the Orville Redenbacher brand. Between that, and exercising almost every day, my constipation has disappeared! I now have at least one easy bowel movement every day.
MemberSeptember 5, 2023 at 7:01 pm
One green kiwi fruit every day works for me!
MemberSeptember 12, 2023 at 2:44 pm
In addition to eating lots of fruit and vegetables and salads I also take Triphala (a mixture of 3 herbs from India) in the morning and again at bedtime. Some people love the flavor and some people hate it. I myself do not like it so I put it in the capsules myself. As long as I take it everyday I have decent bowel movements.
MemberSeptember 19, 2023 at 3:06 pm
I’m grateful to have discovered and integrated the first 3 recommendations from this article into my day. I have come close but have not had to resort to an enema yet, thank goodness but I have one in my home in case that day comes. To be honest, the idea of resorting to an enema helps me be better about eating fruits, veggies, nuts/grain and lots and lots of water and exercise.
MemberSeptember 22, 2023 at 8:57 am
Has anyone heard of “The Constipation Cocktail?” I know it’s prunes and applesauce, but I can’t remember the third ingredient.
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